'Win One for the Gipper!' This November

As the congressional campaign season hits its homestretch, it is readily apparent that there will be more at stake in these mid-term elections than at any time since 1994. They present us not simply with the choice of Republican candidates versus Democrats, but of candidates fighting for small government versus those that support the swollen beast liberalism has created.

In truth, the views of Sarah Palin are pitted against those of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and the convictions of Barry Goldwater against the socialistic predilections of President Obama.

And if the polls are any indicator, these elections portend a revolution: one that could resemble the Reagan Revolution in raw political force, thanks to the tea party movement. Thus it only seems apropos to invite every voter who is outraged over the economy, the weakened approach to our military, and the ongoing attacks against our personal (and collective) liberties to “win one for the Gipper!” on November 2.

The idea of winning one for the Gipper was born out of Reagan’s 1940 film, Knute Rockne: All American, a movie in which Reagan played the role of Notre Dame’s George Gipp, a star player for that football team whose dying words to his coach were: “When the team is up against it and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go out there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper.”

Reagan seized upon this phrase when running for president in 1980, and the phrase stuck thereafter as Reagan’s presidential persona became iconic.